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THIMPU

 


THIMPHU (7,600 ft.)

The capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is the center of government, religion and commerce. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimpu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimpu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.

   
 

WHAT TO SEE IN THIMPU

   
 

MEMORIAL CHORTEN
This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as father of Modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

   
 

TASHICHHODZONG
Also known as fortress of the glorious religion, the dzong was initially built in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. Tashichhodzong house the main secretariat building and the central monk body. It is open to visitors during Thimpu Tshechu and when the monk body moves to warmer Punakha in the winter months.

   
 

SIMTOKHA DZONG
Five miles from Thimpu, on a lofty ridge stands Simtokha Dzong built in 1627 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal. The oldest fortress of the kingdom, it now houses the school of Buddhist studies.

   
 

NATIONAL LIBRARY
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts which are preserved at the National Library. Beside thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

   
 

PAINTING SCHOOLS
This school teaches the techniques of traditional paintings. On our visit one can actually see students at work producing intricate design on cloth.

   
 

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE
In Bhutan equal emphasis is given to both allopathy and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here. This Institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines.

   
 

HANDICRAFTS EMPORIUM
There are various handicrafts emporiums in the town such as government owned Emporium and Druktrin rural handicrafts, displaying wide assortment of beautifully hand woven and crafted products.

   
 

WEEK END MARKET
Every Saturday and Sunday most of the residents congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provided opportunity to mix with the local people.